Nilavarai Bottomless Well
Nilavarai Bottomless Well
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PMuthuthanthri
Colombo, Sri Lanka27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Visited the bottomless well on 24th June 2018. What is important now , that, of Nilavarai Bottomless well, is the recent expedition carried out by the divers of Sri Lanka Navy with an automated robot managed to find the bottom of this mysterious well at the deep of 52.5 Meters.
It was further discovered several tunnels , located at different levels, which lead toward different directions. The naval expedition further revealed that the first 18.3 meters of the well contains fresh water while the water after this point is deemed to be salty as it runs down. This well is caused by collapse of the top layer, exposing a limestone cavern connected to a underground water source.
The well is treated to be a rare gift of mother nature and a place of iconic importance. Only those who are interested of the marvels of ancient history and on nature will appreciate .
Written July 5, 2018
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This natural, age-old water well is said to be bottomless because it has water throughout the year never drying up even during a drought. It is an item of archaeological significance in Jaffna.
Our guide narrated a legend related to the well - going back to the life of Rama, the famous Indian prince of Ramayana fame. Apparently, his wife Sita, on her way back to India was very thirsty but could not find any water nearby. Rama shot an arrow into the earth creating this well.
Coming back to reality, we learnt that during an expedition carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy using an automated robot incorporating a camera, the depth was determined to be 52.5 metres. Though the water in the first 18 metres was fresh, it became saline further below. Apparently, there exist several tunnels at various depths leading away from the well. It is said that one of these tunnels connect to the Keeramalai freshwater springs about 10 km away.
The expedition also located two carts and a skeleton at the bottom of the well. These had been subsequently removed.
There are steps leading into the well. These were in use until recent times, when bathing and swimming within were permitted - but not anymore - due to danger of drowning. Some pigeons have made homes within some holes in the well-walls.
Three tubewells located within close proximity to the bottomless well provide drinking water to three nearby towns. The caretaker from the Water Department was testing the ph value of water whilst I was there.
Nilavarai is listed and protected as an Archaeological Reservation by the government.
Written July 15, 2019
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Tharaka C
Colombo, Sri Lanka158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
The place is bind with legends saying that this was created by Hanuman etc. Nothing to see much, only a well which is circulated by fence. It says this doesn't have a bottom.
If the place is on the way for any other visit just visit here. Else no point of traveling all the way from Jaffna to see this place.
Written August 21, 2014
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Tharmakulasinga... J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Its quite a hidden little treasure...you have to know where to look to find it, but most of the tuk tuk drivers will know. Its flanked by a little shop and a hindu temple, the waters are dirty and the surrounding area is poorly kept, but the mystery surrounding this is quite interesting. There is a theory that there is a connection from this well to the Matale tank which is hundres of miles away, tests were apparently done on the water at both locations which indicated that they had the same readings. However no one knows for sure where the water originates, or how deep the well actually is. Divers have tried on many occasions to assess the depth, to no avail. Legend has it that Hanuman shot his arrow to quench Rama's thirst, and this is where the arrow landed.
I think if it was better maintained, this could be a fabulous little treasure trove. I wouldn't go visit it again, the stories and theories behind it held more appeal to me.
Written August 30, 2018
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Vachintha Piyadasa
Colombo, Sri Lanka1,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
Nilavarai Well, also known as the "Bottomless Well" is one of the most famous sites in Jaffna. Its called "bottomless" because it has water throughout the year and does not dry up even during droughts. An interesting fact about this is that water within the first 40 feet is fresh which turns saline thereafter. This well has fascinating legends attached to it, where most of them tracing to the "Ramayanaya". The interesting history of this place and its uniqueness makes it absolutely worth the visit. Something diverse and unbelievable!
Written August 16, 2018
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Barney P
San Francisco, California, United States81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The most accessible of Jaffna "bottomless wells," I took my Tamil staff there to appreciate its geologic treasure and groundwater message. Easy to find, lots of ground to walk around and get your feet wet in the well. Shaded areas, benches, and a link to nature
Written October 25, 2019
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Dinuka
Panadura, Sri Lanka10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This place is very calm and nice.
Families and small group of friends can visit this place.
Entrance fee is cheaper.
Written August 29, 2019
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Kirtidodiedo
Karur, India428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
It's a huge well, while it's called bottomless, there is a board that documents the Navy divers finding objects at the bottom...they say it's sweet water at the top and seawater at the bottom..with underground tunnels possibly connecting t to other water bodies. Interesting
Written March 3, 2018
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fjp4564
Sunshine Coast655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
The mystery of the well has now been resolved. It has a bottom, and is over 52 mts deep. Beautiful clear water, often used by the locals for bathing, swimming. Another must spot when travelling in Jaffna
Written August 12, 2017
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questbritain
Bath, UK45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
While the history and legend associated with this site is interesting there is not much to see other than locals playing near a big square well and some stray dogs. We literally jumped out of the van took a picture and jumped back in again.
Written February 5, 2016
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